The Houston Police Department announced the results of its yearlong investigation into the shooting death of Brian Claunch, a mentally ill double amputee killed by an officer last September after refusing to drop a pen. HPD cleared the officer, Matthew Marin, of any wrongdoing, as have the FBI and a grand jury.Read full post
Guards have been leading regular fight nights at the Phoenix Program, an intensive, specialized unit for Texas’ most troubled juvenile inmates.Read full post
Two events this month honor efforts to keep the stories of San Antonio’s old West Side street gangs alive.Read full post
What happens when the key witness and victim in a horrific crime is a child too young and immature to reliably remember what happened? And how reliable are they when they change their minds?Read full post
An off-duty Conroe police sergeant has been indicted for apparently shooting a teen in the back of the head. A Harris County grand jury hasn’t indicted an officer for a shooting in more than four years.Read full post
One of the contributors to Texas’ slowly dropping incarceration rates is a growth in diversion programs that address problems like addiction and mental illness.
Harris County, for example, recently doubled its number of crisis intervention response teams, which include trained deputies and mental health clinicians who answer 9-1-1 calls where mental illness may be a factor.Read full post
A new Investigation by the Department of Homeland Security Does Little to Explain Spate of Fatal Shootings and Beatings by Border Patrol Agents.Read full post
The ABA report makes recommendations on every stage of Texas’s capital punishment system. Law enforcement should use model practices when dealing with eyewitnesses; interrogations should be videotaped; biological evidence should be safely preserved and defendants should be able to have it tested. Crime lab standards should be standardized and test results verified independently and often. Texas should use national standards for arson investigations, give juries better instructions, and provide adequate counsel for defendants in every stage of the process.
Yet even if these and all the other recommendations were all followed, Anthony Graves would not be satisfied.Read full post